Brian Setzer: The Dirty Boogie
The one instrumental number, "Sleepwalk," takes on a ‘50s-slow-dance-with-lead-guitar mood to invite nostalgia. Each of the other tracks brings the listener a lyric message intended to entertain Setzer’s audience; he wrote 4 of the 13 songs in 1998. With an emphasis on the singing, guitar interludes are typically limited to about 20 seconds each. Likewise, the band members’ solo spots are brief. There’s a lively uncredited tenor sax solo spot in "Let’s Live It Up" and a similar spotlight on "Nosey Joe." "Hollywood Nocturne" begins with a deep melodic statement from the baritone saxophonist and features a sweet & lovely alto saxophone solo at midstream. The artist has Steve Fowler’s distinctive sound but is not credited. "Rock This Town" includes superb arranging, evidenced by the saxophone section’s lush blend, the trombone section’s sliding, and the trumpet section’s high wall of sound, followed by Bernie Dresel’s extended jazz/rock drum solo.
The two session highlights employ additional singers to work with Brian Setzer: "You’re The Boss" and "Louis Prima’s "Jump Jive an’ Wail." Gwen Stefan is the perfect vocal match for Setzer, as they trade and converse the song’s romantic message. The baritone saxophone bottom and muted trumpet fill are simply added spices that complement well. Eddie Nichols and Meghan Ivey shine brightly on the 2nd highlight. Like The Manhattan Transfer, Nichols and Ivey blend their accurate and spirited vocal lines with Setzer’s to produce a highly enjoyable result. Recommended.
Track Listing: This Cat
Personnel: Brian Setzer- guitar, vocals; Ray Herrmann, Tim Musica, Steve Marsh, Rick Rossi, Don Roberts- saxophone; Dan Fornero, John Fumo, Kevin Norton, Dennis Farias- trumpet; George McMullen, Michael Vlatkovich, Mark Jones, Robbie Hioki- trombone; Ernie Nunez, Tony Garnier- bass; Bernie Dresel- drums, percussion; Gwen Stefan- vocal on "You
Record Label: Interscope